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About the course

This innovative degree offers the perfect blend of creative and practical professional skills, giving you the chance to develop as a writer and find your unique personal voice – while learning the essential skills and best practice to operate as a professional writer in publishing or other writing-based sectors.

BA (Hons) English and Creative Writing is ranked number 1 in the UK and scored 100% overall satisfaction for NSS 2020. 

At Solent you will expand your familiarity with literature, and expand your mind, becoming a more innovative and globally-conscious writer with a huge range of classic and cutting-edge writing techniques at your command.

You will study how various forms of creative and professional writing are planned, developed and creatively executed, as well as how creative writing theory can be married to creative writing practice.  

Core areas of study include literary theory, poetry, writing, play texts and publishing. And a range of exciting optional modules will offer the chance to delve deeper into specific subjects and specialisms, focusing on the areas of writing that are of the most interest to you.

The course has a strong focus on employability and helping you kickstart a great career. You can develop transferable skills in research, analytical thinking, communication and teamwork – essential for any professional career – as well as working on live briefs from real-world clients. And you’ll even have the chance to become a published author, building up a portfolio of work that demonstrates your style and skills to prospective publishers or employers.

You have the opportunity to study abroad in one of our partner universities for a semester on this course.
Study abroad
If you're not quite ready for a full undergraduate degree, there's alternative entry through one of our foundation years.
Foundation year available
As part of your studies you will have the opportunity to undertake a work experience placement.
Built in work experience placement
After successfully completing your studies, there's an opportunity to continue your studies at Solent.
Further studies
If you apply for this course with a sandwich year, you have the opportunity to undertake a year in industry between your second and third years.
Sandwich year
If you have an appropriate Level 5 qualification, you can top it up to a degree in just a year.
Top-up option

Students learn from a team with a broad range of academic and industry experience.

What does this course lead to?

You’ll develop the skills required to work in a number of communication and media-based industries, including writing, publishing, media production, teaching, journalism, programme research, sales, copywriting, and information management.

Who is this course for?

This course is for you if you want to use your creative writing skills within the publishing, media or creative industries. Students have plenty of opportunities to build a portfolio of published work, so if you are new to creative writing, this course is a great way to kick-start your career.

Facts and figures

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Fees and costs

Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2020/21 academic year are:
UK, EU and Channel Island full-time fees: £9,250 per year
International full-time fees: £13,260 per year
UK, EU and Channel Island sandwich year fees: £1,385
International sandwich year fees: £1,800

For further information, please visit our tuition fees page.

Other costs

While most course costs are covered by your tuition fees, some essential resources and optional extras may need to be paid for separately. These additional costs are listed below. For advice on budgeting and managing your money, please contact

The 2020/21 other costs are not yet available. For guidance, previous other costs have been:

Optional costs:
Study or theatre trips: £750 per year

Bursaries and scholarships

Solent University offers a range of bursaries and scholarships that provide financial assistance or waive fees for tuition or accommodation. Each bursary or scholarship has specific eligibility criteria. Check out our bursaries and scholarships pages to find out more.

Graduation costs

For graduates in 2020, there is no charge to attend graduation, but you will be required to pay for the rental of your academic gown (approximately £45 per graduate, depending on your award). You may also wish to purchase official photography packages, which range in price from £15 to £200+. Graduation is not compulsory, so if you prefer to have your award sent to you, there is no cost. Extra guest tickets will go on sale after results publication and will be sold on a first-come-first-served basis. The cost per ticket was £15 in 2019, but this fee is subject to change for future years. Please note, we do not guarantee there will be any extra tickets available to purchase.
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Key entry requirements

96 - 112 UCAS tariff points from A-levels or equivalent

  • A minimum of two completed A-levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma at MMM or BTEC Diploma at DM or equivalent qualification, or a combination of qualifications which comply with the minimum entry requirement of 96 UCAS points.
  • Direct entry into the second or third years may be considered for this course.
  • Applicants over the age of 21 may be considered based on relevant experience, without having the required tariff points.
  • Alternative entry is available through our Foundation Year in Journalism, Advertising and Marketing.
  • If you are applying from outside the UK, find information about entry requirements, visas and agents for your country here.
  • For further information about UK, EU and international qualifications, please refer to our course entry requirement statement.

English language requirements

Applicants who do not have English as their first language will be required to demonstrate an approved level of proficiency in the use of the English language. The agreed minimum requirements for this course are:

  • IELTS minimum 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each individual component
  • TOEFL IBT minimum 80 with a minimum of 19 in each individual component
  • or equivalent.

Qualifications are checked before enrolment, and international students must bring their original certificates or certified copies when coming to study at the University.

The University also offers a pre-sessional English programme for international students who wish to improve their level of English before starting a degree course.

Study location

East Park Terrace

Got a question about this course?

Contact our Ask Solent team: 023 8201 5066

How to apply

Any student applying for the first year of a full-time/sandwich undergraduate course must apply through UCAS (University and Colleges Admissions Service). This includes mature, overseas and EU students.

Nearly all schools and colleges offer their students the facility of applying electronically through the UCAS website using 'Apply'; it may also be used by those applying independently in the UK and overseas. This facility and all course information can be found on the UCAS website:

Your application should reach UCAS by 15 January if you hope to enter a course the following autumn. Early application is advised for the most popular subject areas. Late applications may be made until the end of June. The UCAS code for the University is S30, code name SOLNT.

Please click on the links below to apply through UCAS:

Mode of study
Full-time 3 years Apply
Sandwich year 4 years Apply

Journalism, Advertising and Marketing Foundation Year route:

Mode of study
Full-time 4 years Apply
Sandwich year 5 years Apply

Top-up route:

We welcome applications from students currently studying a Foundation Degree, DipHE, HNC, HND or modules of an undergraduate degree course at another university, who wish to enter directly into Years 2 or 3 of one of our undergraduate degree courses. Please contact our admissions team for more information: contact us

How to apply

What you'll study

Year one

Core modules
  • Key Moments in the History of the Novel
  • Puritans to Potter: Young Adult Fiction and Children’s Literature
  • Writing with Power: Professional Practice in English
  • Making and Reading Poetry
  • Writing Sensation and Scandal
  • Writing and Selling the Short Story

Year two

Core modules
  • Drama, Script and Performance
  • The Business of Independent Publishing
  • Monsters, Madness and Marriage in 19th Century Literature
  • Literature and Film of the 'New World'
  • Writing the Novel
  • Speculative Fiction

Year three

Core modules
  • Modernism: Transformative and Criminal Texts
  • Dissertation/FMP
  • After Empire: Postmodern, Postcolonial, or Post-truth?


  • Writing and Selling Creative Non-Fiction
  • Work Experience
  • Minority Experiences in Anglophone Literature
  • Radical Re-Readings

Please note: Not all optional modules are guaranteed to run each year.


Web-based learning

Solent's virtual learning environment provides quick online access to assignments, lecture notes, suggested reading and other course information.

The Student Hub

The Student Hub is a central space where you can access all of the information and support you need during your time at University.

Professional and experienced staff can help resolve any query, and if they cannot answer the question themselves they will find the person who can.

Career support

Meet the course team

Kristian Low academic profile Kristian Low Head of Subject View profile
Devon Campbell-Hall academic profile Devon Campbell-Hall Course Leader View profile
Carolyn Cummings-Osmond academic profile Carolyn Cummings-Osmond Senior Lecturer View profile
Seamus Finnegan academic profile Seamus Finnegan Senior Lecturer View profile
Eden Sharp academic profile Eden Sharp Lecturer View profile

The university cannot guarantee any particular members of staff will teach specific aspects of the course in the future, but will endeavour to ensure the teaching team maintains their balance of experience and qualifications.


You’ll have access to our 24-hour library, comfortable study spaces, large computer resource centres and our comprehensive suite of academic and personal support services.

Students have the opportunity to produce a portfolio of published work. 

Your future

Graduating from Solent’s English programme, you will be well prepared for a wide range of graduate level employment opportunities. Suitable roles for graduates include:

  • Author
  • Freelance writer
  • Publisher
  • Editor
  • Journalist
  • Press officer
  • Media researcher (broadcasting, film, video)
  • Public relations officer 
  • Copywriter or editor
  • EFL teacher
  • Records or archive management
  • Librarian

Industry links

Students are also encouraged to work with Solent Creatives, our in-house creative agency, to develop links with employers and enhance their employability skills. This offers the chance to work on one-off assignments and live creative briefs. Students also benefit from guest lectures by industry professionals.


Work placements are optional but encouraged, and you will be supported by the course team in finding suitable placements.

Further study

Enhance your career prospects by continuing your study at Solent.

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